What kind of bank doesn’t allow international transactions? I could understand flagging it as potential fraud if you don’t normally buy from non-US merchants, but once you verify that it was you, they should allow it. What if you need to travel? Will they let you use your card then? I have never had a problem using my US credit cards with Envato.
Correct me if im wrong, But I am not allowed to mention the name of a theme I have submitted?
Probably not a big deal, considering it is not approved yet. In general, you can get away with mentioning something vague like “my first theme” or “my most recent item” instead of saying the actual name.
The question is not what makes a theme special. The question is what makes a theme sell?
Those are indeed two completely different questions. In the context of my post, special meant a theme that would make it to the popular files list (particularly the top of the list). If you build a theme, how could you make it special enough to rule the popular files list for a year? Your second question is much easier to answer. Anyone can make a theme that sells a few copies a week. Just mimic every other business/portfolio theme out there and match the features.
Here’s my advice based on my experience selling on codecanyon…if you do sell on themeforest, I would suggest really putting the time and effort into creating something truly special, because the last thing you want is a mediocre selling item. Once you have an item out there, you’re going to start getting support requests and item reviews/ratings. You aren’t required to support items, but it’s a good idea to do so to keep the ratings high. Unfortunately, for an item that just has a few sales, you will spend more time (which == money) supporting it than you earn from the item. It is better to spend that extra time coming up with a theme that is good enough to make it to the popular files list, because then you’ll earn enough to make it worth your while. The million dollar question is what is that x-factor that makes a theme special? I wish I had the answer to that question, but I can say that in the 5 years I’ve been a themeforest member, I’ve seen a handful of revolutions that moved the theme industry forward. First, there were options panels, then sliders, then shortcodes, then responsive themes, then page builders. For each of these major advances, there was a flagship theme that introduced it and stayed at the top of the popular files list for a year. If you can predict the next revolution in themes and build that flagship theme, you could make millions. If instead you just mimic what’s already out there, you’ll just have another mediocre seller that is expensive to support.
If you are developing a complete app, go with the framework. If you are developing a stock template for sale, go with what is easier for your buyers. That would be jQuery.
Try to look in unexpected places. For example, look at interior design books for color scheme ideas. Look at magazines or brochures For layout ideas. I would not suggest looking at the popular files list.
Smartik saidI prefer dashes for a few reasons:
@fitwp, some rules there are just ridiculous. Why shouldn’t I use underscores to define selectors? I like using underscore, because the whole selector is selectable and I will never change this. Seriously.
- They don’t require the shift key to type
- They match the style of the CSS specification (:first-child, text-decoration, etc)
- You can use the |=value operator to match attributes beginning with “value” or “value-”
An interesting bit of trivia, the original CSS spec did not allow underscores: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Underscores_in_class_and_ID_Names
Is there anyone willing to answer the following question:How much would you pay per ticket if someone closed the following tickets:
- Missing style.css, can’t install theme
- How do I make this theme look exactly like the demo? (assume theme has an import xml)
- How can I make the header and footer full width, but the body fixed width?
- How can I change the color of the header background to a gradient? (assume it requires css)
- How can I just display the first 100 characters of each title, without cutting off mid-word? (assume php)
- How can I make this theme look like [insert site].com? (just provide quote, not do actual work)
As far as prices/school/crime, this will vary a lot within small geographical areas. In many cities (east and west) you can be driving down a street with million dollar homes, amazingly nice schools and low crime/high police presence, and a few blocks away you’ll find just the opposite. There’s lots of debate about the economic disparity in America these days because of this.
It is like this in many parts of Los Angeles, so you have to be careful where you look. One notable example is Hancock Park, which is a rich area that is completely surrounded by low-income areas. When my wife and I were looking for our current house, we even saw one street with a transition from nice houses, manicured lawns, and trees on either side of the street touching in the middle, to run-down houses, dirt lawns, and old cars in the driveway. It turns out the nice end of the street was assigned to a good school, and the ugly end to a bad school. Good schools attract a more affluent buyer (who then takes better care of the property), and houses assigned to the good school have higher prices because of it.